(DE-FI)'s Owner/Director Caressa Brown shares the story of the inspiration behind the work of the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC and how it led to the revelation of additional needs of talent that hosting sold out events and expanding services simply could not address; more was needed. Find out how the House of (DE-FI)ance addresses and solves the problems that fashion and design professionals face in launching their careers. Are you ready for the next level in fashion?
Boldly Re-imagine Dayton by doing everything that "they" said couldn't be done here.
Want to be a part of one of the newest economic engines in Dayton and reap the benefits? Are you dreaming of a career in fashion or design and don't know where to start? Have you already started your brand and just need to build your team? Do you already have a team and just need a space to meet clients or sell your work? Or are you facing one of a hundred other reasons and barriers "would be" fashion and design professionals fail to pursue their dreams? Are you ready to (DE-FI) all odds and be a little disruptive in the process? Then you've come to the right place, welcome to our House...The House of (DE-FI)ance: A Fashion & Design Co-working Experience. Become a MEMBER today!
The House of (DE-FI)ance is home of the world's first comprehensive interdisciplinary Fashion Co-working space, a business hub created by and for the fashion and design community. Our vision is to create the leading and most effective business networking experience in the country for the fashion and design community. From concept to retail and everything in between; our House was created to bring the entire fashion Industry under one roof including the often understated role of design outside of worn garments.
A subsidiary of the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC, our House represents the 3rd level of the (DE-FI) Incubator and revises and broadens the mission of our parent company by developing new and consistent programming that reflects the next level of growth and service needed for local and regional fashion, design, textile, retail, and creative communities. This members only, semi-public collaborative space is for avid professionals and the occasional hobbyist has what you need to create with exclusive opportunities for talent selected into the (DE-FI) Incubator. A key part of our mission is to provide a consistent space for Business to Business, Business to Customer, and Customer to Business referrals and more to nourish relationships that form naturally. Our House helps to foster and create meaningful relationships among our members because member introductions and one on one meetings offer unique opportunities to share who we are and how we can benefit one another.
Our House is designed to provide an open, honest and transparent look into the world of fashion in a combined 14,737 sqft space located inside of the Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd in suite 360, 368, and 370. It is an educational, business, event, co-working and makers space that also consist of offices for you to rent, a photography and design space, a micro-manufacturing and production area, and serves as retail and business hub providing an environment for you to get serious about your craft, grow your skills, and build your team.
At the House of (DE-FI)ance, you will:
Our goals are simple:
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
(DE-FI) is currently accepting applications for Fashion Designers to join their newly restructured and CFDA affiliated Designer Talk Series as well as hosting Open Calls for Artisans and Designers to sell their work via Dayton Threads